On February 21, 2017, Wang Yi sent a message of condolences to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia over the sudden passing of Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin. Wang Yi said that Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was an outstanding Russian diplomat. During his tenure as Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, he had done a great deal of effective work to strengthen China-Russia cooperation within the UN and other multilateral frameworks. We feel deeply sorry for his passing, and we would like to extend deep condolences to Ambassador Vitaly Churkin' s family and all colleagues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country. It is hoped that Permanent Missions of both countries to the UN will continue to carry forward the sound tradition of sincere cooperation and make unremitting efforts in safeguarding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, defending international fairness and justice, and promoting regional and world peace, security and stability.